"Show up, work hard, learn from your mistakes, catch a break now and then, and, looking back, it will all seem like a strategy."
"How often we choose to continue the life we know, only to look back and realize that it was not one of the choices."
"To be an optimist in this topsy-turvy world, you have to believe in Yhprum's Law."
An obit idea I bequeath to anyone who wishes to use it:
"She leaves her husband.., three children..., a brother.., a sister..., six grandchildren, several nephews and nieces, and many strangers who would have loved to know her."
"He was a blogger, which is to say, he died known only to strangers."
"One's blog is no more likely to be mentioned in one's presence than one's big nose."
"Conspicuously absent from the Ten Commandments is any obligation of parent to child. We must suppose that God felt it unnecessary to command by law what He had ensured by love."
"If you are not a figure of authority to your kids, then you should at least pray to God that they find one."
"A child wants more to feel secure in your judgment than to know the reason for everything you ask."
"The average American family raises 2.3 children, although some raise one child with a 2.3 degree of difficulty."
"There is no more distraught an outcast than a teenage girl who has been grounded when all her friends have been disowned."
"Though, Lord knows, you try, you never quite succeed in jumping off your family tree."
"A family tree is a search party that has been fanning out for centuries to find you, just in case you think they're about to let you go."
"Nothing shakes your faith in democracy like the family's three-to-two vote for fudge sundaes for breakfast."
"What you discover in a democracy is that it is difficult to build a house when each nail has an opinion."
"Both the optimist and the pessimist plan for the worst-case scenario, but the optimist doesn't depend on it."
~~ Robert Brault